on turning 30

Last month, I turned 30. It was a birthday that felt momentous, grandiose, and completely ordinary, all at the same time.

This birthday was about more than just saying goodbye to the previous year. It was about saying farewell to an entire decade of life — a decade that shaped and molded me, wrought more change than I could’ve ever imagined, and produced a woman I don’t know if 20-year-old me would recognize.

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the braver choice

In October, I applied for an apartment in Charleston, South Carolina — a move a long time coming.

Three and a half weeks later, I got the email I’d been hoping and praying for for months — my application was approved and I could put a Charleston move date on the calendar.

Except, two days prior… I’d decided I wasn’t moving to Charleston anymore.

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hello monday: vol. 22

Hello, Monday. I didn't write a post last week.

You may have noticed. You may have not. I know in reality most people probably didn't notice or, if they did, it wasn't a big deal, but I went through a whole weird and far more emotional process than was probably necessary before deciding I just wasn't going to write a post.

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hello monday: vol. 21

Hello, Monday. I've been struggling a lot with trust lately.

It's never been something I've been particularly good at it and if you've been around these parts long enough, you know that for the last four years, it's a thing Jesus and I have been working on. I asked Him to teach me how to trust Him on January 1, 2014, and He has continued to answer that prayer in countless ways, time and time again, in the nearly 4 1/2 years since.

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hello monday: vol. 20

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking a lot about presence as of late.

We live in a world distracted by so many things. It's a world of push notifications and ring tones, of tv on in the background, of playlists and podcasts and "watch later" queues. There's noise, noise, noise and it's so easy to get caught up in a world that fits in the palm of your hand instead of remembering that the world around you is bigger, better, and far more beautiful.

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